Town Team Executive Board

 

Andrew Eyre

Andrew is Chairman of the Town Team Executive Board. A physics graduate from Durham University and business at the Open University, he has been Chief Executive of the Stag Community Arts Centre since 2012. He has been a Sevenoaks Town Councillor for Kippington since 2007, a Sevenoaks District Councillor since 2011 and was Mayor of Sevenoaks in 2016. He has lived in Sevenoaks for 30 years and often cycles around the Town.

 

 

 

Maxine Morgans

Maxine is Vice-Chairman of the Town Teams Executive Board. She was elected as Councillor of the St. John’s Ward in 2015 and was Mayor of Sevenoaks in 2017. She is also the Retail Director of Specsavers in Sevenoaks, which has been in the town for 13 years. Although no longer a Councillor, Maxine still plays a big part in the towns events, including Christmas Lights, Pink Week, the Pantomime, Southeast in Bloom, as well as the Business and Wellbeing Shows.


 

 

Linda Larter MBE

Linda Larter has been a Parish / Town Clerk for over 30 years working with councils varying in population sizes from 250 to 70,000 plus. Linda has a related degree and is a Fellow of the Institute of Local Council Management.  In 2000 the Millennium Commission nominated Linda for an MBE for a Community Centre project. Linda has been Chief Executive / Town Clerk since 2008. Linda is currently President of the Society of Local Council Clerks. Linda is married with two sons.

 

 

 

Glenn Ball 

Glenn is a small independent business representative of the Executive Board. A self employed qualified Architectural Technologist and a Chartered Architect qualifying at Thames Polytechnic in 1990. He has worked for the London Borough of Greenwich in their Architects department, and also for Fry Drew Knight Creamer Architects at the Bat & Ball studio (old Bat & Ball pub) for sixteen years in the past. He has carried out projects for the STC and has been involved in the partnership since 2015. He has lived in Kemsing for 36 years. He enjoys walking, driving, motorcycling and cycling around the area.

 

 

Austin Blackburn

Austin is managing director of Go-Coach, Sevenoaks local bus company. An engineer by trade, he has 38 years experience in the bus industry. He has been a member of the Town Partnership since it started, and he is passionate about improving the town and making Sevenoaks an even better place to live and work.


 

 

Tony Clayton

Tony has lived in Bayham Road since 1983, and served as a Town Councillor for Eastern ward since 1987. He also served as a District Councillor up to 2007, in which time he led the Blighs development and set up Sevenoaks first Town Partnership to promote our High Street and local economy. Tony has worked as an economist in the commercial business sector, as an advisor to major UK companies and in government. He promotes good public transport as chair of Sevenoaks Rail Travellers Association. Tony wants to see Sevenoaks streets safer for walkers and cyclists, and less dominated by speeding traffic.

 

 

 

Elizabeth Dolding

Elizabeth has been a member of the Town Team Executive Board since its inception, initially in her role as a director of Sevenoaks and District Chamber of Commerce and latterly as a partner at Warners Solicitors. Elizabeth has been a partner at Warners since 2005 and has worked in Sevenoaks her whole career since 1987. She has lived in Otford for 20 years.


 

Victoria Granville-Baxter

Victoria is a Town Councillor representing the Northern Ward since 2019. She has a degree in Architecture and has spent much of her working life on the creative side of advertising and design. She is particularly interested in the Arts in Sevenoaks and is a regular runner. She’s lived here for 13 years and is married to a Sevenoaks native. Victoria is currently collaborating on a third book about local history, this time on Town Centre images and the role of shopping in the public realm.

 

 

 

 Avril Hunter

Avril has been a District Councillor for Sevenoaks Kippington ward since 1995. She was for several years also a Town Councillor serving as Town Mayor from 1997 - 1998. Avril has always been a passionate supporter of our town and has been a member of the Partnership Board from when it was first formed.

 

 

 

Hannah Kay 

Hannah works for the National Trust as the General Manager of Knole. She has a degree in History and over 25 years’ experience in the museum and heritage sector. She has developed major exhibitions at national museums and delivered re-development projects in museums and historic buildings for both private trusts and local authority institutions. She specialises in interpretation, design and heritage presentation. Hannah lives with her family in West Malling and supports the charity Tourettes Action to raise the profile of children living with neurodiversity. Hannah has been a member of the board since 2015. 

 

 

 

Julie Phillips

Julie joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2015 from a London based membership organisation focused on developing international trade and investment across the Caribbean and Central America. Previously she worked for many years in corporate business for Cable and Wireless where she spent many years helping businesses develop overseas. Julie has lived in Sevenoaks for 20 years with her family and is an active member of the community, she can often be seen running in Knole Park with her dog Rolo.  

 

 

 

Simon Raikes

Simon has been an elected Town Councillor for Sevenoaks St John’s ward since 2007, is currently Chairman of Stag Community Arts Centre Trustees and has twice been Town Mayor. He is a lifelong resident of Sevenoaks and in his long lost youth was a member of Sevenoaks Hockey Club, Sevenoaks Rugby Club and Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club, and has been an active member of various amateur dramatic and operatic groups as well as his church choir. His working life was spent in financial services, mostly in a UK international bank and latterly in Head Office and strategic planning roles.


 

 

Roger Walshe

Roger served as a District Councillor for 28 years, including 4 years as Leader of the Council, during which the Bligh's development for the centre of the town was planned. He has lived in the centre of the town for 49 years and is currently Chairman of the Friends of Stag.

 

 

Roberta Ware

Roberta has been in retail for the whole of her working life. Her first job was working in the Personnel Department of Debenhams Head Office from 1980-1988. She left to join Francis Jones Jewellers, which her husband Gary had taken over in 1985. Gary is a working jeweller, Roberta takes care of the business side. The shop opened during the Second World War, making it is one of the longest established businesses in Sevenoaks. Roberta has been involved in the Town Team since it began, and is celebrating 35 years of business in Sevenoaks this year.

 

 

 

Elliot Waters 

Elliott has been the Station Manager for Sevenoaks, Dunton Green, Shoreham, and Bat & Ball since January 2018 for Southeastern, prior to this working in the timetabling department from when he joined Southeastern in 2015. Before this, Elliott worked for Network Rail as an Engineer in the North West of England, and is a Civil Engineering graduate from Bangor University. Elliott is a keen advocate for engaging the stations more with the community, and is a keen supporter of The Darent Valley Community Rail Partnership.